Award Winners

2019

Online

Gold

“The maddening saga of how an Alzheimer’s ‘cabal’ thwarted progress toward a cure for decades” June 25, 2019

“How an outsider in Alzheimer’s research bucked the prevailing theory — and clawed for validation” Oct. 29, 2019

“As Alzheimer’s drug developers give up on today’s patients, where is the outrage?” Aug. 15, 2018

STAT

Sharon Begley described how the dogmatic belief that beta-amyloid deposits cause Alzheimer’s disease has stymied research into other possible explanations of the disease, including inflammation and infection. Several scientists said those who controlled the Alzheimer’s research agenda were a “cabal” that influenced what studies were published in top journals, which scientists got funded, who got tenure and who received invitations to speak at scientific conferences. George Perry, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas–San Antonio, told Begley that scientists who didn't go along with...Read more

Silver

“The Impossibly Cute Pika’s Survival May Say Something About Our Future” May 9, 2019

InsideClimate News

Nicholas Kusnetz described the painstaking work of biologist Chris Ray who has been tracking the American pika, a fist-sized denizen of the western mountains of the United States, for more than 30 years. It is “one of the longest-running research projects of one of the West’s most adorable creatures,” Kusnetz wrote.  He added, “The rabbit relatives are highly sensitive to temperature changes. They live high in the mountains, where temperatures are warming faster than the global average. And because pikas occupy a habitat that's critical to life across the West—mountain snowmelt is the...Read more